Netflix Enters Into a Multi-Year First Look Deal with Chris Columbus

Netflix has entered into a multi-year first look deal with Academy Award nominated writer, producer, director Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures partners, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Under the deal, Netflix gets a first look at any feature film that Columbus and his partners want to produce.

The deal represents a strengthening of Columbus and 1492 Pictures relationship with Netflix having most recently produced the holiday film The Christmas Chronicles starring Kurt Russell.

QUOTE FROM SCOTT STUBER, HEAD OF NETFLIX'S FILM GROUP: "Chris has established himself as a diverse and versatile filmmaker with his work spanning generations, genres and audiences," says Scott Stuber, Head of Netflix's film group. "Following the huge success of The Christmas Chronicles I'm thrilled that we can continue the highly productive relationship we enjoy with him and his partners. I'm looking forward to the creative boundaries Chris, Michael, Mark and the 1492 team will push here at Netflix."

Columbus says, "Partnering with Netflix is a thrilling and exciting opportunity for 1492 Pictures. Being able to create original content on a major motion picture scale is a rarity in Hollywood these days. But not at Netflix. They encourage original ideas and visionary filmmaking. And the icing on the cake? The executives at Netflix are great people who support some of the world's greatest filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron. I look forward to a long working relationship with Ted Sarandos, Scott Stuber and our guiding light, Racheline Benveniste."

Chris Columbus is an Academy Award-nominated director, writer and producer. His directorial credits include Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, where he cast newcomers Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the leading roles, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Stepmom, Rent and many more critically acclaimed films. Columbus first gained prominence by writing several original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including the back-to-back hits Gremlins and The Goonies, and then Young SHERLOCK Holmes. Soon after Columbus began his directing career with Adventures In Babysitting.

Columbus started 1492 Pictures with partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe in 1994. The Christmas Chronicles is the 24th film they have produced together. They collectively have been responsible for numerous franchises beginning with Home Alone, HARRY Potter, Night At The Museum and Percy Jackson. In 2011, they produced the blockbuster hit The Help, which garnered four nominations, including one for Best Picture.

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